NNCC Email Newsletter | January 2020

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020


Your work saves lives. You’re highly trained and respected, and your certification speaks to your dedication. You bond with patients, educate them, and help them navigate kidney treatments and enjoy their lives to the fullest.
You have stories to share, and we want them. Did you have a patient who affected you deeply? Has your path to being a nephrology technician or nurse been unique? Do you have a situation that could help our readers learn from your experience? All you have to do is type it out (500 – 1000 words) and send it with your name, credentials, city/state, and contact information to nncc@nncc-exam.org.
Your story will be considered for this enewsletter and possibly for a longer feature. It will also appear on our social media pages.
Don’t hesitate to contact us with questions. Your submission doesn’t need to be perfectly written, we can help with that, we just want you to speak from the heart. Thank you!

Seeking CCHT-As to Interview

Along with your stories described above, we are also looking for CCHT-As to interview. We will ask you about your role in dialysis, why you sought to get an advanced practice certification, and where you are now. If you’re interested, please contact us at nncc@nncc-exam.org
Quality is your paramount goal, and NNCC wants to reward you for it. The NNCC Quality Improvement Award is given to an individual or organization who has participated in a quality improvement project that promotes optimal patient outcomes in nephrology. The recipient will receive $1,000, national recognition, and a personally delivered engraved plaque during an awards ceremony. Submit the electronic application before June 15, 2020.

The National Kidney Foundation Council of Nephrology Nurses and Technicians (NKF-CNNT) has partnered with NNCC to offer three $3,000 scholarships to NKF members who are certified registered nurses (CNN/CDN) pursuing higher education for a Bachelors or Master’s degree in nursing. Apply here by March 3, 2020.

Did you know nurses are quoted only 2% of the time in health news stories? And, when they are, the focus is on their compassion and trustworthiness, not brains and skills. However, thanks to George Washington University, a landmark study, and some vocal nursing leaders, a national awareness campaign has been launched. To learn more, view this presentation, and read this summary. Whether you write a Letter to the Editor, an op-ed or article, or do an interview with the media, it's time for nurses to be heard!

Win/Win News: NNCC Approves New Policy to Protect CCHT-A Exam Takers

The NNCC Board of Commissioners has approved a new policy for those taking the CCHT-A certification examination. For all CCHT-A exam applications

received on 8/1/2019 and beyond, if an individual is CCHT certified and takes the CCHT-A exam but doesn’t pass, NNCC will automatically recertify the CCHT credential, effective for 3 years from the time the CCHT-A examination was taken. 


What does this mean for you? If you’re a CCHT working at an advanced level of practice, you may now apply to take the CCHT-A exam without fear that you will lose your credential if you don’t pass the exam. The application is here. You will also find this prep guide invaluable.


News & Opportunities

Upcoming Meetings: Visit Our Booth!

NNCC will be exhibiting at the following meetings this spring.

Please stop by to learn more about NNCC's certifications, award programs, and more.


Annual Dialysis Conference

February 8 - 11, 2020, Kansas City, MO

Booth #401

National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists - DTX20

March 3 - 6, 2020, Las Vegas, NV

Booth #301
National Kidney Foundation Spring Clinicals

March 25 - 29, 2020, New Orleans, LA

Booth #122


ANNA National Symposium

April 19 - 22, 2020, Orlando, FL

Booth #100

June 23 - 28, 2020, New Orleans, LA


Dialysis Techs: The Front-Line Care

Dwelyn Williams, president of the National Association of Nephrology Technicians/Technologists, tells why his inspiration for helping others suffering from kidney disease started at age 16 in a recent episode of Renal Support Network’s Kidney Talk. (Renal Support Network, 9/14/19)

Study: Mediterranean Diet May Improve Transplant Outcomes

Researchers studied 632 kidney transplant recipients who had functioning grafts and found adherence to the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fish, vegetables, and olive oil, improved function and lowered graft failure rates. (Healio/Nephrology, 1/3/20)

HHS Kidney Donation Proposed Rules Wins Plaudits

Proposed rules from the Trump administration aimed at increasing kidney donation is getting praise from transplant organizations and health care groups. (MedPage Today, 12/18/19)


WHO Releases List of Most Urgent Health Challenges

From the climate crisis to health care inequalities, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for global leadership and definitive action to improve core health priorities and systems. (WHO, 1/13/20)

Nursing Shortage Opens Doors to Better Salaries

Americans have spoken about the deep respect they hold for nurses. The annual Gallup Poll results show for the 18th year in a row, nurses top the list of professionals for honesty and ethics. And it's by a wide margin. (Gallup.com, 1/6/20) Read the report.